Title: Shadow of the fox
Author: Julie Kagawa
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller, Brian Nishii, Joy Osmanski
Publisher audiobook: HarperCollins Publisher
Page count: 407 (14hours and 45minutes)
Release day: October 2nd 2018
Series: Shadow of the fox #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
What is it about? (summary of GoodReads)
One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.
Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.
Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.
There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.
With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.
What I thought:
Thoughts before reading: YESSSS a new Julie Kagawa book!
The first chapter was really confusing, it was more like a prologue than the first chapter in my opinion. Halfway through the book I realised the character does come back, just not as often.
I really like both main characters. They are really different from each other, but that really made a good combination.
I did sometimes struggle with the story since it is based on Japanese mythology, and I’m not familiar with that at all. So there were parts that kinda threw me of since terms were used that I did not know. They did explain it the first time it was used. But since there were so many new terms I started to confuse or forget them. Of course I can understand that she is not going to explain the same term over and over again, but I had to make some notes. Also there was a list with words in the back, but since I was listening I could not flip back in the book.
This is also the only reason why I took half a star! I cannot think of another bad thing about this book!
I was liking this book so much, it took me only 4 days to listen to this book. Normally it would probably take me a week.
I really loved where the story was going, and I cannot wait for the sequel to release!
Also I’m pretty sure this is my favourite Julie Kagawa book.
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